LEHIGH TWP., Pa. -A naked, bloody man near the scene of a Lehigh Township fire Thursday night had screamed at an officer and said that he was possessed by a demon, according to court records.
Firefighters and police officers were met with the bizarre scene in Northampton County.
Just after 9 p.m., officers were called to the 1100 block of Quince Road for reports of a naked, bloody man jumping on someone's car, and a house fire nearby.
The driver of the car told police she saw the fire and stopped to help. That's when Pammer, 24, jumped on her car, forced his way inside the car, assaulted the woman and tried to restrain her, police said.
The woman was able to escape and call 911.
Officers arrived to find a two-family home engulfed in flames, while a man, later identified as Zachary Pammer, was sitting naked inside a car in the middle of the road, said Lehigh Township police.
Both he and the car were covered in blood, police said.
Pammer yelled at an officer and refused to comply with his orders to exit the vehicle, court records said. After ordering Pammer to get out of the vehicle several times, Pammer screamed and said he was possessed by a demon.
An officer deployed a stun gun on Pammer, which incapacitated him for five seconds. Pammer complied, was removed from the vehicle, and placed in handcuffs, court records said.
Pammer then spit on an officer.
Officers talked to one of the residents, who said Pammer was her cousin. She said he had showed up unannounced, acting very weird and began going into a rage, police said.
Pammer had kicked in the apartment door, threw things at the woman and physically assaulted her, police said. She was able to escape the house and hide until police arrived.
She said she didn't know how the fire started.
Pammer was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He is in custody while he receives medical treatment.
Authorities are conducting an ongoing arson investigation, which could result in additional charges, court records said.